Wednesday, August 22, 2007

It all comes down to purpose

I wrote in this post about how purpose is central in both GTD, chess and Objectivism. And I mentioned briefly in this post the centrality of purpose in fiction writing (both on the part of the characters and the writer).

(And of course, "knowing what you want" is almost like a cliché in our culture -- even if most got the meaning of it wrong in one way or the other --, and it's a part of countless systems. Aleister Crowley spoke of a "True Will" [which basically is a mystic version of Ayn Rands "central purpose"], to be arrived at by means such as rituals and getting in contact with spirits.)

The GTD idea of altitudes (ranging from 0 to 50000 ft. ), with 0 being the purpose of the immediate moment and 50k ft. the purpose of your life on earth, corresponds nicely to the idea of different levels of purposes in stories, as I wrote about in last post. On a scene-by-scene level the most obvious purpose is the short-range zero feet purpose, but from a higher altitude, looking at many scenes at the same time, the purpose behind the narrower purposes becomes visible. And all adds up to something (assuming it's not a character who lacks a purpose, but then that usually means the character is looking for a purpose -- which is a kind of purpose --, and all characters, purpose or not, have a motivation of some kind.)

Well, I just find all that fascinating, the way in which different subjects tie into each other.

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